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Coffee Fruitcake

YIELD: Makes 2 loaves ACTIVE TIME: 25 min TOTAL TIME: 7 hr (includes cooling) INGREDIENTS 3 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 lb dried currants (3 1/3 cups) 1 lb raisins (3 cups) 1 cup lukewarm strong coffee 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened 2 cups packed light brown sugar 4 large eggs 1 cup molasses (not robust or blackstrap) Special equipment: 2 (9- by 5- by 3-inch) loaf pans PREPARATION Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 250°F. Brush loaf pans lightly with oil, then line bottom and sides with foil, pressing corners to...

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Chinese Coffee Growth

The coffee market in constant growth: Key figures Although the Chinese market is deeply rooted in the tea culture tradition, Chinese consumers tend to increasingly drink more and more coffee and it starts to be a part of their daily lives. The numbers speak for themselves, the Chinese coffee market grew by 15% globally and this seems to be only the beginning…Vietnam is the first importer country of coffee to China with more than half of the production imported.China is tending to be more engaged globally, although China is importing most of its coffee abroad, the country is starting to be autonomous regarding the production of its own coffee. more information here.Yunnan province accounts for 95% of coffee production in...

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5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Drink Coffee

  Across the startup and tech world, coffee seems to be a standard. Some companies have a full time barista on staff or have regular coffee-fueled meetings. From business introductions to first dates, it all happens at the cafe. From large-scale chains to craft coffee shops, there is no shortage of places to meet, drink and dream up new things. Why is the tech world so obsessed with coffee? Besides the delightful taste and aroma, there are other reasons entrepreneurs drink coffee, and a lot of it. 1. It's a taste of the low-tech world In a world obsessed with moving faster and multitasking, brewing a good cup of coffee boils down to the basics of transforming water and ground...

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Third Wave Coffee

Americans are drinking much less coffee than they did in the 1940s and 1950s — down by almost half from a peak in 1946. And such changing trends in Northern countries have profound impacts in the global South where coffee is produced. The sharp U.S. decline has levelled off in recent years, buoyed by a dramatic rise in speciality coffee (defined as scoring above 80 on a 100 point cupping scale). The very best of these speciality roasts are what the cognoscenti term "Third Wave coffees." Retailing for $20-$50 a pound (and going much higher), third wave coffees usually come from single farms, with provenance, terroir, and cup quality discussed in the language of fine wines. Coffee's complex flavour profile...

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